Change is Inevitable, Growth is Optional

Change is Inevitable, Growth is Optional

September races in, pushing us to a starting line.  We launch eagerly into new commitments and rededicate ourselves to routine. Yet, along with the excitement of what is to come, we may also experience nostalgia, and sometimes anxiety for what we leave behind. While it is a time of new beginnings, it is also a time of letting go and release. For me, September has always felt profound in this way, offering both a time for change and reconnection; good-bye and hello, transition and transformation. In short, autumn is a masterful teacher of change and transition.

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Clean Up And Slow Down: A 4-step Ayurvedic Autumn Detox Plan

Clean Up And Slow Down: A 4-step Ayurvedic Autumn Detox Plan

Detoxing in the fall may sound counterintuitive. After all, spring—Ayurveda’s other optimal time to detox—is our cultural cleaning season, whereas autumn feels like a time to hunker down and get back to work.

“In the spring, it’s about shaking off the weight of winter and getting revved up for summer, and we’re good at that,” says Ayurvedic consultant Scott Blossom. 

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VibeWell Yoga Festival Asbury Park: October 26 & 27

VibeWell Yoga Festival Asbury Park: October 26 & 27

I'm so excited to join the vibrant and passionate VibeWell Community in the second annual Asbury Park Festival - and join this group of incredible presenters including the amazing Robert Sturman as well as Karena Virginia, Jessica Stickler,  Phyllicia Bonanno, Ellen Mosko,  Vanessa Van Noy, and Bridget Riepl.

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Sea Hear Now - From FOMO TO JOMO

Sea Hear Now - From FOMO TO JOMO

Most often, it is easier to stay focused on our disappointment, on what we missed or what we might miss. What we could have had, what we could have done. What we should have, or should be doing. You know: that whole FOMO thing -- Fear of Missing Out. Or FOBO -- Fear of a Better Option. All day long, we mentally pull ourselves out of the present, away from where we are. It's exhausting and joy robbing to be somewhere other than where we actually are. It's also depleting to try to do it all; it lowers the quality of everything we are squeezing in.

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Free Home Practice Online: Release Tension, Reconnect To Your Breath & Wellbeing

Free Home Practice Online: Release Tension, Reconnect To Your Breath & Wellbeing

In Yoga and Ayurveda we believe that digestion is the cornerstone of good health; everything that is taken in must be chewed and broken down. We must be able to assimilate that which will contribute to our wellbeing and release that which would become toxic if built up. We also know that complete digestion can only happen when our bodies and minds are ‘safe’ to Rest and Digest (parasympathetic nervous system); when we are relaxed, warm, and relatively content. When we are not in this state, when we are stressed, our bodies pause all digestive functions and instead focus on the potential need to ‘Fight, Flee, or Freeze’ (sympathetic nervous system).

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A Perfect Autumn Practice: The Supple Psoas Sequence.

A Perfect Autumn Practice: The Supple Psoas Sequence.

Known as the stress muscle, a tight psoas can contribute to feeling irritable, restrict your breathing, and be the underlying cause of pain in your low back, hips, and even digestive system. When at in a more malleable state, this same muscle can leave you feeling grounded yet buoyant and spacious. And when free from unnecessary tension and congestion the psoas is also known as the love muscle.

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